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Daily Dish: USA Hockey agrees to sanction USPHL, major eastern mergers Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 6 May 2013  
By: Stephen Heisler,

USA Hockey is expected to announce a major restructuring of leagues along the east coast that includes the full sanctioning of the United States Premier Hockey League.

Sources are tight-lipped about the new developments but we have learned that five teams from the Eastern Junior Hockey League will be joining the Atlantic Junior Hockey League. The second team from each of those clubs will be added to the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League. The last remaining independent Eastern States Hockey League teams will be moved up to the Empire Junior Hockey League. The teams that made up the former EJ-South will be joined with the second tier of teams from the United States Premier Hockey League.

Emails were sent out on to Friday to teams from the ESHL proclaiming that the league would no longer exist. Teams that did not move over the Atlantic-Metro group would move up to the Empire.

Are you confused yet? I certainly am so I can't imagine what the players are going through.

We are expecting this story to continue developing throughout the day so watch for updates.


L2- Islanders, Jr Bruins, South Shore Kings, NJ Hitmen, Rochester Stars, Syracuse, Springfield Pics, NH Hampshire Monarchs, Portland Pirates, Bay State Breakers, All former EJ South teams

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Investigative opinion writer Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Now semi-retired, he splits time with family in Texas and at their beach property in Mexico.  Tune in to his Mexico based Classic Rock Station, GoPenasco Radio.


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Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with Victorious Hockey Company. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.

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